Santora to Lead Cushman’s Americas Region

Cushman & Wakefield Inc. has named John Santora CEO of Americas, the company’s largest operating region. Santora, a 30-year veteran at Cushman and Wakefield, was promoted from his current post of Global COO, where he oversaw global business strategy and the integration of its regional operations. During his tenure as COO, Santora coordinated acquisitions of properties in Mexico, South America and Australia, among other regions. Santora has had a variety of management positions in the company in asset services and also serves on the board of directors. In his new role, Santora will be responsible for C&W’s business in the Americas region, whose revenues surpassed $1 billion in 2007. The region includes operations in United States, Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Peru and Venezuela. He replaces Tony Marano, and will report directly to C&W president & CEO Bruce Mosler. “John has done a tremendous job bringing us to a position today where our three operating regions are strong, collaborative and ready to capitalize on changing market dynamics,” Mosler said in a release. “His leadership will ensure that our America’s platform is the strongest in our sector.” Cushman & Wakefield is the largest privately held commercial real estate services firm in the world. Earlier this week, as reported by CPN, the firm formed a partnership with shopper behavior research firm Envirosell to branch out into retail consulting.